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Leo Ahrens

Leo Ahrens

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Leo's Passions

Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Bouldering
Surfing

Leo's Bio

I was born and raised in Cottonwood Hieghts, Utah by a couple of CheeseHeads from Wisconsin. I spent my entire childhood exploring Alta trying to find any jump I could jump off of. I competed on the Jr. Freeskiing World Tour for several years and now I try to film as much as possible. See yah out there!

Leo Ahrens

Leo Ahrens wrote a review of on June 11, 2013

Not just for hiking and biking!
5 5

I acquired this watch with a slightly different purpose in mind than your typical trail runner. This past March I set off on a 2100 miles motorcycle road trip to the southern tip of Alaska. With my skis strapped to the bike I tracked my progress as I drove and skied my way up the coast to the promise land.

I set the watch with 2 different functions; a custom "motorcycle" tracker to record my distance, direction and speed on the road and secondly the pre loaded, "alpine skiing" function to track my altitude, duration and speed among other things. The data collected is incredibly accurate as long as you remember to start and stop the function pre and post action.

The best feature of this watch is the ability to sync the watch to your Movescount profile online. The program pulls all your data off the watch to an easy to inspect breakdown of what you did that day and lets you effortlessly compare your "moves" to past dates.

The only set back I was not used to is having to charge the watch each night. The satellite GPS takes far more juice to operate than your typical watch which is kinda annoying but the data it generates is well worth the minor task.

Since the watch has the GPS feature it definitely is slightly larger than your typical watch. With that said it is still incredibly light and not noticeably bulky. The silver casing gives it a very mountainy, french style which goes well with it's main market.

Highly recommend for its intended action sport market and can even branch out into other land roamers...

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Leo Ahrens wrote a review of on June 11, 2013

Makes me think, "Batman".
5 5

This watch is probably the most stylie, hip watch out of the entire Suunto lineup. The black on black is very stealth and and gives off a classy look that makes me think,"Batman".

As mentioned in other comments, the altitude is based off absolute air pressure so sometimes it is necessary to give a reference altitude after not changing elevation for long periods of time.

It is cool to have the "storm warning" function as it does actually seem fairly accurate as storms roll in. If i was too careless to check the weather before a big hike or something similar the watch would at least give me a warning that I should think about weather approaching.

The contrast could definitely be turned up on the digital display. It can seem fairly dark in certain lighting. There is a backlight feature but that too is fairly faint.

I would say I have a medium sized wrist and you can see how it fits in the attached photo. I think the fish eye lens I used made it seem slightly larger than it is but it does have a big fit…

Overall I would buy this watch with style in mind with an occasional desire to tap into a few cool features.

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Leo Ahrens wrote a review of on June 11, 2013

Highway slammers. Solid.
4 5

I bought these boots in March the day I took off on a 2100 mile motorcycle road trip to the southern tip of Alaska. I put them through the wringer to say the least…

The thick leather wrap of this boot only gets better with time. It forms to your foot with each day you wear it and and loosens up but never loses it's strength. The boots are also much warmer than I expected. Riding in the winter time with a pair of ski socks, they were perfect. I would definitely recommend the non insulated pair if you are just buying these in warm weather.

They are very stylie boots and would look cool in any setting from urban streets to massive mountains. I believe style is their main purpose because they don't hold up all that well to heavy conditions…

The bold leather midsole (brown part) stands out the most on this boot and is the most notable as it is worn down. I did a kickflip on my skateboard with this boot and the leather instantly changed color to a rough white from the grip tape.

The worst part of the boot is the glued on rubber sole. They provide excellent traction but by the end of my trip were very worn-down. The first part to go is a small toenail of rubber weakned by a poorly placed stitch intended to keep the rubber from peeling back. As the rubber continued to dissolve and the small chunk in front broke off the stitch no longer held the rubber down and it began to peel off the midsole.

Overall I loved the boot but don't expect them to last as long as the classic Sorel Caribou boot. I would definitely buy another pair as I doubt I'll be riding a motorcycle 2100 miles again this year, so I'm sure they'll last longer the second go around.

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Leo Ahrens wrote a review of on October 25, 2012

THE BEST
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are hands down the best mitts I have ever used. From South America to Alaska I rock these on the regular. Finers never get cold while avoiding overheating. Bomber leather construction keeps everything under control when a normal glove would fail.

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